Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles Zinfandel 2021 (Paso Robles, California) - [ZC 96] [WS 93]

Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles Zinfandel 2021
(Paso Robles, California) - [ZC 96] [WS 93]

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About this Wine:
Benito Dusi’s Ranch is the only zinfandel vineyard that Ridge sources from within the Central Coast Viticultural Area. The 1967 vintage was our first wine from the Dusi Ranch. It was planted to zinfandel in 1922 which is unusual because Prohibition had started two years earlier. Purchased by Sylvester and Catarina Dusi in 1924, the property has been farmed since the 1940s by their son Benito, the owner. Benito passed away in 2019, leaving the care of the vineyard to his nephew, Mike.


During a very dry winter the vines were given two long, deep irrigations that provided the water needed to set a good crop. Despite a July heat spike, harvest unfolded in ideal conditions. The wine shows the exotic spice typical of the vineyard and the freshness of firm acidity. Fifteen months in oak has brought these elements into balance. Enjoyable on release, it will develop further over the next eight years.

Tasting Notes:
Deep garnet color with aromas of cherry, ripe plum, spearmint, strawberry compote and toasted oak. Ripe Bing cherry and fresh acidity create a mouthwatering entry. Medium bodied with hints of exotic spices and underlying earth tones. The finish shows minerality and is long and satisfying. 

Technical Data

100% Zinfandel

14.8% ABV

Vineyard: Dusi Ranch

Harvest Dates: 21 – 28 September
Grapes: Average Brix 25.5˚
TA: 7.60 g/L
pH: 3.59
Fermentation: 100% natural primary and secondary fermentation.
Barrels: 90% air-dried American oak, 10% French oak (23% new, 31% one year old, 13% two years old, 7% three years old, and 26% four years old).
Aging: Sixteen months in barrel

Benito Dusi Vineyard grapes, hand-harvested; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush, 108 ppm over the course of aging). Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Ratings & Reviews

96 Points - Zinfandel Chronicles:
“Bright crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. 100% Zinfandel from Benito Dusi Ranch. Soaring nose of red fruits, spearmint and baking spices. Medium body with exquisite acidity and balance. Loaded with bright, juicy fruits. Bing cherry, raspberry liqueur, strawberry and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Arguably, the best Zinfandel in the Ridge portfolio. Drink over the next 5-7 years.” -Tom Lee (March 2023)

93 Points - Wine Spectator:
“Captures the best of Paso Robles Zinfandel, deeply structured and appealingly briary, with notes of bright cherry, brown baking spices and orange peel that finish with fleshy tannins. Drink now through 2032.” - TF (Jun 2023)